On May 9th 1882, five religious sisters of the Sacred Heart arrived in Sydney. Led by Reverend Mother Febronie Vercruysse, they had been ordered by the convent in France to start a day and boarding school of the Sacred Heart.
They settled for a building on the hill over Rose Bay, named Claremont, which they bought from Mr John Hughes. Claremont housed the first Sacred Heart school in Australia. The five strong, and determined foundresses of the sacred Heart; Mother Febronie Vercruysse, Mother Mary Jackson, Mother Rose Dunne, Mother Alice Woodward, and Sister Sarah Simpson travelled for 39 days on the ‘Orient’; from Italy to Sydney to start the society in Australia. These 5 ladies did not have a pleasant journey, as the captain stated it was one of the worst trips made in 25 years.